Lance Corporal Dean Shams, REME, died whilst serving with 29 Commando, 79 Kirkee Cdo Bty. Fitter section in Belize. He slipped and fell into one of the chutes at the falls near Baldy Beacon. No one had seen him fall. He was missing for 8 days before the water level dropped and his body found trapped amongst rocks. There is a memorial plaque for him in 29 Workshops. Dean had been recently married and had been promoted to L/Cpl at the time of his death.
Prior to this Dean had been injured on the final part of the 30 miler of his All Arms Commando Course. He was due to start the course for a second time but, because of a shortage of gunfitters, he was sent to Belize to serve with 79 Kirkee Bty., and his course was rescheduled for his return to the UK.Sources AFM ROH Commando Gunner website Account by REME veteran J.D. Notes 29 Cdo ROH updated as serving with cdo unit at time of death.
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